Residents in Bradley Stoke are being asked to comment on a proposed raised zebra crossing to make walking to school safer for local children.
Speed surveys taken on Pear Tree Road in the vicinity of the school also identify vehicle speeds greater that 30mph.
The Travel Plan states that pupils are discouraged from walking to school due to the lack of safe places to cross the roads.
In May 2010, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) received a petition from the school and parents highlighting these concerns.
Bradley Stoke’s Mayor – and now District Councillor for Bradley Stoke North (since May) – Ben Walker organised a site meeting with the Council’s transport chief, Cllr Brian Allinson, to explore what could be done, including the possibility of creating a raised zebra crossing.
Funding for this scheme was then agreed by councillors at a Southern Brooks Area Forum meeting in March 2011 after having heard from Cllr Walker at the meeting about the need for action.
Commenting on the consultation that has now started, Cllr Ben Walker (Con, Bradley Stoke North) said:
“The school and local parents have done a great job in highlighting this local road safety issue and I was pleased to be able to support their efforts in securing funding.”
“There can be no justification for speeding drivers who fail to stop at this crossing, particularly when pupils are crossing on their way to and from school – something needs to be done.”
“Now that the consultation on this scheme has started, I would encourage residents to respond so the council knows the strength of local feeling there is on the need for action.”
The consultation ends on Monday 19th September and details can be found on South Gloucestershire Council’s website:
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